We're committed to cultivating an environment marked by genuine curiosity about different perspectives, receptivity to knowledge generated through intercultural connections and a genuine sensitivity to the variety of human experiences.

Office of Intercultural Affairs Staff

  • Eloise Berry, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President and Director of Intercultural Affairs
  • Ying Zhang, Program Coordinator
  • Intercultural Coordinators and Ambassadors, Villanova Students

The Office of Intercultural Affairs works year-round to create, maintain and support programming that cultivates and sustains a community of respect and inclusion for Villanovans with a focus on underrepresented students.

Assistant Vice President/Director: Eloise Berry, Ph.D. (She/Her/Hers)

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Phone: (610) 519-6633
Eloise Berry, Ph.D., is committed to enhancing the student experience by making the Villanova community more inclusive and celebrating the unique contributions of diverse students on campus. As the founding director, she has been leading the Office of Intercultural Affairs since 2016. Dr. Berry earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Villanova as a Presidential Scholar. While at Villanova, she was a member of the women’s basketball team. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Berry completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She has been a practicing psychologist for over 20 years, specializing in the care of adolescents and young adults in multiple settings. She is currently licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Program Coordinator: Ying Zhang (They/Them/Their)

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Phone: (610) 519-5169
Ying Zhang, LSW, is a practicing social worker who advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice with a primary focus on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. In their role as program coordinator, Mx. Zhang serves as the advisor for VU Pride and supports and advocates for LGBTQ+ students on campus. They also coordinate the Safe Zone program and assist in departmental programming efforts for marginalized student communities with the goal of amplifying students’ voices. Zhang graduated from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research with a master's degree in Social Services in May 2021. Prior to Villanova, Zhang served as a program coordinator at Bryn Mawr College as a steering committee member for Philadelphia Asian and Queer (PAQ), a social and support group for those that identify as LGBTQ+ and Asian/Asian American. Additionally, Mx. Zhang has worked for the Mazzoni Center as an HIV/STI tester and community health coordinator by promoting sexual health and awareness to Philadelphia-area universities. In their spare time, Mx. Zhang enjoys video games, anime, cosplay, and discussing media representation.



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Office of Intercultural Affairs
Dougherty Hall Rm. 214

Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Intercultural Coordinators and Ambassadors support and spread the mission of the Office of Intercultural Affairs. They foster and sustain a community of respect and inclusion by interacting with various organizations and departments on campus, enhancing programming to increase student engagement and assisting the OIA staff in the growth of their office and mission. If you would like to join the program or connect with a current Intercultural Ambassador, please contact us.